Category Archives: My family

Welcome to the club Ben Affleck was “embarrassed” to discover that he had slaveowning ancestors. “The very thought left a bad taste in (his) mouth.”1 No foolin’. That’s about the reaction all of us would have — should have — … Continue reading

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What the pages don’t quite say She was born, the records tell us, at 5 p.m. on 11 August 1857, at home at Buntenthorsteinweg Nr. 113 in the City of Bremen, Germany. Her father, Carsten Hinrich Wilhelm Sievers, was shown … Continue reading

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Of brothers and sisters Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist is told, was National Siblings Day. And there is no-one who knows us as well… no-one as close a friend or as deadly an enemy… no-one who understands the shared history, the … Continue reading

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How do the errors grow? So… there it is, big and bold as brass in The Legal Genealogist‘s database. Baker, Mary Almira. Born 2 April 1854 in Iowa to David Davenport Baker and his wife (and half-first-cousin) Mary (Baker) Baker. … Continue reading

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RIP little cousin He was just a little boy, just two days past his sixth birthday. And he died a horrible death. What today would be a preventable death. Ralph Livingston of Hollister, Oklahoma, was The Legal Genealogist‘s first cousin … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Diana! There are some birthdays, particularly as we get older, that are just plain boring. You know the ones I mean. No Medicare. No Social Security. No new benefits of any kind. Not even a new discount. Just … Continue reading

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What’s with the marker? So The Legal Genealogist is in Texas, doing something that’s truly rare these days. Looking into my own family history. There’s not always a lot of time, when you write and lecture, to research your own … Continue reading

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In honor of International Women’s Day Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother … Continue reading

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Even those vanity books Yes, of course, those local histories are mostly vanity books. You know the ones I mean. Some of them are prepared by the local Historical Society or local Historical Commission and their primary purpose is to … Continue reading

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Sixty years ago today There is something very wrong with this picture. Yes, this specific picture. The one you see here on this page. Not to mention the one that greets me every day when I stagger down the hall … Continue reading

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